"The first year under head coach Doug Marrone and his staff brought a new edge and energy to the Bills in 2013. And though the wins didn’t come as often as the players, coaches and fans wanted, there were several noteworthy individual seasons, namely by Fred Jackson, Leodis McKelvin, Kiko Alonso, Dan Carpenter, Scott Chandler, and Jerry Hughes, that were deserving of individual honors."
It's hard to argue with Jackson's selection as Most Valuable Player. He was the engine behind the offense and tripled up the next closest player in terms of touchdowns. McKelvin wins the "Most Improved Player," with Marcell Dareus listed as Honorable Mention, but I can't help but think Aaron Williams did so much this year after being left for dead in 2012. All three would be deserving. I totally understand giving Alonso the Rookie of the Year, but was he the Defensive MVP? If you look at the stats, absolutely, but his play trailed off and the impact of the defensive line shouldn't be understated. Hughes and Chandler as Newcomer and Unsung Hero are good picks. Hughes was a rotational monster and Chandler led the team in receiving despite some key drops. What are your takes on the list?
Super Bowl history: Marv Levy and the Buffalo Bills, 4 time losers | NJ.com
"Imagine all the hard work it takes to get to the Super Bowl and how exciting it must be to get there. Now imagine losing four times. That's the story of Marv Levy."
Quick-hit thoughts around the NFL, Buffalo Bills - ESPN
Mike Rodak notes that EJ Manuel was put into some tough spots as the Bills run to set up the pass, compares C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, and tries to understand why Chris Ivory was the AFC East running back of the year instead of Jackson, per his ESPN colleagues.
With rookie season behind him, how does Manuel measure up? - Sports - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan makes the case that it's simply too early to know what the Bills have in EJ Manuel. He gets some help from Nate Hackett and Steve Beuerlein.
Williams gets his swagger back for Bills - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Williams made 82 tackles and four interceptions in 14 games, missing the final two of the year because of a rib injury. He had just 64 tackles and one interception in his first two seasons combined." Jay Skurski lists other surprises for the Bills in 2013, as well.